While you nourish your hair follicles from the inside, it is also important to strengthen and moisturize hair on the outside. This reduces hair damage and prevents breakage – which can slow hair growth – and a good moisturizer will keep hair looking healthy and shiny. Viviscal‘s gentle densifying shampoo and moisturizing densifying conditioner promotes the appearance of healthy looking hair growth, and the densifying elixir is a good lightweight, body-boosting leave-in treatment.
But for a weekly moisturizing hair mask treatment that is easy to make at home, try one of these two DIY hair mask recipes.
Avocado Conditioning Hair Mask
Avocado helps moisturize and strengthen damaged, brittle hair. Scalp and hair easily absorb the fats in avocado – oleic acid and palmitic acids. Plus, these fats help coat hair strands and form a protective layer to reduce moisture loss and soften hair. The natural proteins in avocado help strengthen the hair shaft, and add body and shine to hair. Avocados also contain the vitamins A, D, E and phytosterols, all of which condition and soothe itchy, irritated scalp.
- 1 ripe avocado
- 1 tablespoon avocado or olive oil
- 1 tablespoon honey (optional, for extra conditioning)
Blend all the ingredients into a smooth & creamy paste. Apply this mixture to your scalp and hair, make sure all areas are covered. Cover your hair with a shower cap and leave it on for 1 hour. Wash the hair with one of the natural hair cleanser and let your hair dry naturally.
Honey & Olive Oil Moisturizing Mask
This DIY mask deeply conditions hair strands with olive oil, honey and essential oils. Both honey and olive oil act as good humectants, meaning that they attract and hold onto water molecules. Honey also has antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties to help ease dandruff and scalp irritation. Olive oil is rich in antioxidants, including vitamin E, and it helps improve the hair’s elasticity and softness under dry scalp conditions.
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 2 tablespoon olive oil
- 3 drops peppermint essential oil (or essential oil of your choice, such as rosemary or lavender)
In a small bowl, stir all the ingredients together until well blended. Apply the mixture to your hair and massage it into your scalp and hair. Put on a shower cap and leave the treatment on for about an hour. Then wash your hair as usual. If desired, you may want to skip your regular rinse-out conditioner depending on the dryness of your hair. (Note: Honey can have a mild bleaching effect over time and can lighten hair color. If you do not want your hair to lighten, substitute the honey for dark molasses.)
(Recipes from CurlyNikki.com)